CNN Poll: Americans becoming less optimistic about future
November 17th, 2011
06:00 AM ET
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CNN Poll: Americans becoming less optimistic about future

Washington (CNN) - Americans have typically been optimists about the future, but when it comes to how things are going in the country, a new national survey suggests that may no longer be the case.

A CNN/ORC International Poll released Thursday indicates that only 44% of Americans believe that things will be going well in the country a year from now. That's down from last fall, when 55% were optimistic about the coming year, and from November, 2009, when 63% felt that way.

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Not surprisingly, Americans also have a gloomy view of current conditions. According to the survey only one in four say things are going well in the country today, with 74% saying things are going badly.

"But Americans have a much rosier view of their own lives," CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said. "Seventy-eight percent say that things are going well for them personally, a number that has remained remarkably steady throughout Barack Obama's presidency."

The CNN poll was conducted by ORC International from Nov. 11-13, with 1,036 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.

– CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report


Filed under: CNN/ORC International poll • Economy
soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Thomas

    After listening to the GOP debates . If they are the best and the brightest , we are doomed !

    Who would feel optimistic over a Pizza guy, Mitt the FippHawlkFlop., Winston Gingrich ,The Crazy Lady or Rick the Ferry cowboy .
    We have a leader , yet we want a savior !

    November 17, 2011 06:57 am at 6:57 am |
  2. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    That might explain some of the rise is consumer spending. If people feel good as to where they are financially, then they might spend more. The problem is that we also need people to learn to spend responsibly. We also need banks and other lenders not to listen to Wall Street so that more mortgages can be bundled into risky investments. They need to have reasonable restrictions on who can get a loan. Before and during the bubble, the rules were too loose. Now they have swung too far to the other side and become too strict. That is hurting our recovery efforts.

    November 17, 2011 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  3. ST

    No one can know what the future will bring or come with. No one knew in 2007 or before that in 2008 GOP would bring the economy down to a point that recovery makes everyone sweat!

    November 17, 2011 07:33 am at 7:33 am |